Moore Remembers “Scary” Time With LovieJune 13th, 2014
How serious is Lovie Smith about the nickel cornerback in his defense? Consider the Bucs have a specific nickel coach, and in Chicago for one whole season, Lovie served as head coach and nickel coach.
D.J. Moore, now a Buccaneer, was the Bears’ nickel back, so his daily position meeting was a 1-on-1 session with the head coach.
Joe and Moore talked all kinds of football after practice yesterday. Joe asked about all that personal time with Lovie.
“It was fun. It was kind of scary a little bit to have the head coach, you know, being your position coach. So in the meeting room it would just be me and him. And every day you were kind of scared,” Moore said. “Every day he would throw different fronts and ask you what other guys are doing in the defense, and he’d give me stories. I
Moore went on to joke, “I’d get the same stories all season.”
It’s pretty safe to say Moore is closer to Lovie than any player on the roster. They’ve got a long history. A two-time All-SEC player, Moore was drafted by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. After Lovie was fired, Moore signed a free agent deal with Carolina last season, but was cut after an injury. Lovie came calling quickly after taking the Bucs job.
Given the trust and history with Moore, Joe would be stunned if Moore is not the opening day nickel back.
Moore acknowledged his close relationship with Lovie but said that it won’t mean much once the regular season starts.
“Knowing Lovie, I know he keeps everyone accountable and you have to make plays. If you’re not making plays, even if he likes you and knows you and trusts you, somebody else gonna be out there,” Moore said.
Joe will have more from Moore in the coming weeks. Of course, there’s no offseason on JoeBucsFan.com.